Cabinet appointments and nominations

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Washington. Trump declared Thursday that "Iran made a very big mistake" in shooting down a U.S. drone but suggested it was an accident rather than a strategic error. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 21, 2019 - 1:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States made preparations for a military strike against Iran on Thursday night in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but the operation was abruptly called off with just hours to go, a U.S. official said. The official, who was not authorized to...
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Outgoing acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan arrives for a meeting with President Donald Trump about Iran carrying a folder marked secret, at the White House, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
June 21, 2019 - 12:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Iran (all times local): 11:55 p.m. A U.S. official says the military made preparations Thursday night for limited strikes on Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but approval was abruptly withdrawn before the attacks...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2018 file photo, Kelly Knight Craft, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, speaks about NAFTA and Canada-US relations at an Empire Club meeting in Toronto. Craft is President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations. (Chris Donovan/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 11:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday defended her record on climate change, saying it is a "real risk to our planet" that must be addressed. Kelly Knight Craft told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that she believes...
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Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks about the situation in the Persian Gulf region during as he waits for the arrival of Portuguese Minister of National Defense Joao Cravinho, at the Pentagon, Friday, June 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
June 18, 2019 - 3:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's decision to step down (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Top Senate Democrats say Patrick Shanahan's sudden withdrawal Tuesday from consideration as defense secretary shows the shortcomings of White House vetting for key Trump...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019 file photo, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks about the situation in the Persian Gulf region during a meeting with Portuguese Minister of National Defense Joao Cravinho, at the Pentagon. President Donald Trump announced on June 18 that Shanahan will not move forward with the confirmation process to be Defense Secretary. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
June 18, 2019 - 2:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is withdrawing his nomination. Trump tweeted Tuesday that Shanahan had done "a wonderful job" but would step aside to "devote more time to his family." The president added that the Secretary of the Army, Mark...
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FILE - In this Saturday June 7, 2014 file photo, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli addresses the Virginia GOP Convention in Roanoke, Va. President Donald Trump’s anointment of Cuccinelli as acting head of a major federal immigration agency has prompted muttering from Republican senators whose job descriptions include confirming top administration aides. But it’s not gone beyond muttering. Their reluctance to confront Trump comes as veterans of the confirmation process and analysts say he’s placed acting officials in key posts in significantly higher numbers than his recent predecessors. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
June 17, 2019 - 3:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's latest anointment of an acting head of a major federal agency has prompted muttering, but no more than that, from Republican senators whose job description includes confirming top administration aides. Their reluctance to confront Trump comes as veterans...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2018 file photo, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director Thomas Homan poses for a portrait in East Point, Ga. President Donald Trump says he’s planning to name former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Tom Homan, as a border czar who’ll report directly to him. Trump tells “Fox & Friends” that Homan will “probably” work from the White House, but will spend a lot of time on the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
June 14, 2019 - 10:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's planning to name a former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a border czar who'll report directly to him. Trump tells "Fox & Friends" that Tom Homan will "probably" work from the White House but will spend a lot of time...
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A police officer stands guard outside the door of 10 Downing Street in London, Friday, June 7, 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May is stepping down as Britain's Conservative party leader later Friday, defeated by her failure to take Britain out of the European Union on schedule. She will remain as prime minister for a few weeks while the party picks a successor. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
June 10, 2019 - 1:28 pm
LONDON (AP) — Leading lawmakers from Britain's governing party battled over Brexit as the contest to become the next Conservative prime minister officially kicked off Monday with the declaration of 10 candidates for the top job. The choice of who will replace Prime Minister Theresa May affects all...
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June 04, 2019 - 6:43 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In a story June 3 about the criminal investigation of Flint's water crisis, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of current and former state employees whose mobile devices or hard drives were seized from government storage with search warrants. It was 67, not...
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, with newly sworn his cabinet ministers greet the invitees at the end of the swearing in ceremony at the forecourt of presidential palace in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 30, 2019. Modi was sworn in Thursday for a second term after an overwhelming election victory for his Hindu nationalist party in a country of 1.3 billion people seeking swift economic change. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
May 31, 2019 - 6:58 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's newly sworn-in Prime Minister Narendra Modi named a Cabinet on Friday, handing the powerful home affairs portfolio to the president of his Hindu nationalist party credited with delivering him a thunderous reelection and appointing a former diplomat to signal the government'...
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